Windows 10 Pro will not connect to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

I have attempted to connect a new Windows 10 installation to my Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials box. It refuses to connect to the server. I can ping the server and see it on the network. I have the correct server name and am using the connector tool. Still can't get it to work.
Dennis PillowOwner G-Tech Consulting LLCAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have Windows 10 Pro connecting without issue, reliably and robustly to Server 2012 R2 (not Essentials, I know).

I connect as follows (off domain)

NET USE X: \\ServerName\C$ /user:DOMAIN\username and authenticate.

Does this work?

If not, is DNS set up properly and working.
Dennis PillowOwner G-Tech Consulting LLCAuthor Commented:
Let me attempt this and I will get back to you.
 Thanks for the very prompt information.
Dennis PillowOwner G-Tech Consulting LLCAuthor Commented:
John, DNS is working fine. I think what I will do is blow away the server setup and start over.
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Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Did you enable File Sharing in Windows Firewall?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Please keep us posted. We have lots of Windows 10 machines by now connecting just fine.
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Just note, I am referring to the outbound firewall on the 2012 R2 Essentials server
Dennis PillowOwner G-Tech Consulting LLCAuthor Commented:
I have checked and still nothing. The simplest thing for me to do is reload everything on the server and restore the Win 10 box to first use. I will post my results. That way I can do a complete reconfiguration of the server.
Dennis PillowOwner G-Tech Consulting LLCAuthor Commented:
After the first step of wiping out my Win 10 box and doing a clean install with a new username and computer name I attempted to connect again. Same result...."Server Not Available". I believe the problem is that my DNS settings have gone south for a vacation. Can I uninstall DNS and reinstall?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:

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Dennis PillowOwner G-Tech Consulting LLCAuthor Commented:
This worked like a champ. I guess I had a brain failure in setting up the server.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update.
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